Treasures - The 2008 Reunion
Overcast skies, foreboding forecasts
and morning fog didn’t stop the hale and hearty from
congregating at North Branch Park to enjoy the festivities
at Golden Treasures, GRRI-NJ’s 8th annual
In keeping with the theme of this
year’s reunion, a Treasure Hunt was conducted for the
children. Clever clues written by our reunion
Chairperson, Sylvia Mogerman, directed the blue and red
teams to 7 sites hidden in different areas of the
There’s Pirate Treasure all around ye
Stay with your crew
And on the way ye shall be
To finding the first clue.
“Dead Men Tell No Tales”
But under a pile of rocks
Skeleton bones guard loot
And opportunity knocks.
From a pile of stones
A pirate flag waves
Could this be the treasure
Of fearsome Davy Jones?
A lone bridge of wood
Guards some Pirate Bounty.
Are you the ones who could
Find it in Hunterdon County?
To collect some dough
"X" marks the place
Where you need to go
To stay in the race.
Ahoy, me Mately! Man the sails!
The wheel of the Pirate ship
Has been released from it’s watery jail
Find it to get the next tip!
If you want to have some kicks
Here the Treasure lies
Under driftwood sticks
Get it quick before anyone dies!
There be one more
Treasure for ye.
Return to the Pirate Table for
There is a surprise to see.
Oh what could be in store
Pirate-themed goodie bags were filled
with pirate bounty uncovered at each of the locations.
Gold doubloons, Jolly Roger pirate rings, black eye patches
and pirate candy were among the treasures discovered at each
There were Golden hugs
….and plenty of kisses as GRRI
canines competed with their families for that coveted
“Golden” trophy. First place went to GRRI volunteer Drew
McFadden and his GRRI Golden, Ryan (ok Ryan, you can stop
kissing now, you won!) . Second place went to Erik Veiga and
his GRRI Golden, Finnie. Finnie is an old hand at this,
having won 2nd place in last year’s contest! And
third place went to GRRI volunteer Nancy Myers'
granddaughter Mary Cate and Nancy's GRRI
Coney Island, watch out. We have some
real champs when it comes to devouring hot dogs. For the
second year standing, Rocky Walter took first place in our
hot dog toss assisted by his dad, GRRI volunteer Rich
Walter. Our second place winner was Meg Brockardt and her
adopter mom, Barbara.
GRRI rescue Golden Scotty DiLemmo and
his brother Ralphie won this year’s hula hoops competition,
followed by GRRI Golden-mix Maddie Blake and her mom
Terry. Cooper Sabanos and his mom Carol placed third.
There were human costumes….and canine
Senior GRRI Golden Rusty Slamp won
first place in the costume contest; GRRI Golden Bonnie
McFadden won second place, and GRRI Golden Luke Ringen won
There was food aplenty….from Wegmans'
delectable hero sandwiches to healthy salads and scrumptious
desserts prepared by our volunteers.
Keepsake family photographs were once
again taken by our favorite photographer, Jeanne Urna. To
view Jeanne’s photo gallery, visit her website at:
The 50/50 raffle was won by Josh
Mogerman who generously donated his share back to GRRI…thanks
Thank you to all the volunteers and
businesses who donated our wonderful raffle items; to Phil
Mogerman for acting as our MC for the day; to Josh Mogerman
for helping wherever he was needed.
Two of our foster Goldens were lucky
enough to attend. Let’s hope next year they can come
with their forever families.
Note: as this issue was released, they have both been
In addition to all the volunteers who
made this event possible, we’d also like to thank:
Healthy Hound, Inc, Pleasantville, NY
Hungry Hound, Somerville, NJ
- Red Bank
Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ
Farmhouse Candles, LLC, Belvidere, NJ
- Eileen &